“The nature of [Barwick’s] music is so pretty, it’s this ever-expanding gorgeousness,” said Maura Johnston, the music editor for The Village Voice who was seated at a nearby table. “So it was a really nice way to start the New Year and come down from a hangover.”
Johnston said she had spent New Year’s Eve at a party and then at her favorite bar.
“In the middle of [the show] I dropped my fork,” she said. “It was so quiet, and I was like ‘oh my God—’“
“—There’s this blog called The Needle Drop,” said Weingarten, interrupting. “I’m going to start one [about] Maura: ‘The Fork Drop.’”
AARON LEFKOVE was struggling to raise close to $200,000 to open a New England-style clam shack in a Gowanus, Brooklyn, storefront.Bank loans were out of reach. “We didn’t have the kind of collateral they wanted,” said Mr. Lefkove, a 31-year-old punk rocker and publisher’s copywriter, nostalgic for family visits to Bigelow’s New England Fried Clams in Rockville Centre, N.Y.
“I liquidated my 401(k) and my I.R.A. as well,” Mr. Lefkove said. “I even sold my guitars.”
It wasn’t enough. He and a partner reached out to friends and family and used their own credit cards. Still not enough. “We picked up investors — some became partners, some would get a return, everyone was structured differently,” he said. “Even that was not enough.”
So to help get his restaurant, Littleneck, over the finish line, the next stop was Kickstarter.com — a Web site that solicits donations to finance art, technology and business projects. Promising little more than good karma, some discounts and a T-shirt, he raised $13,000 from 162 donors — $5,000 more than his goal. With the help of a few final investors, the 38-seat restaurant began serving fried clams and lobster rolls last month, with the chef Alan Harding in the kitchen.
The Internet campaign helped Littleneck financially, but Mr. Lefkove sees other benefits. “Beyond the money,” he said, “it connected us to the community, got our name out — and engendered good will.”
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